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When you are looking for a big signing bonus and long-term contract, you should probably look to start the season fast. Henry Melton did just the opposite.
To add insult to injury for Melton, his linemate Stephen Paea had an outstanding game. It was Paea who shut down the run and got a good push up the middle. Melton was a virtual non-factor.
Take the contract implications off of the table. Melton is currently being paid to be a defensive force, and the Bears need him to show that week in and week out.
One week will buy you some time, but if Melton has a poor performance again, he will have to answer to a large number of tough critics.